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The Holiday Pack – Your festive wine guide

The Holiday Pack

Whether you’re kicking back and enjoying some much-needed downtime or you’re the one holding the fort at work, The Holiday Pack will have any festive occasion covered. We’ve chosen wines that are easy to drink, big on natural flavours and are, of course, from healthy, organically-grown, sustainable vineyards.

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New Zealand’s Wine Regions and Varietals

The commitment and collaboration of wine growers and makers towards sustainability standards shows just how serious the NZ wine industry is in protecting the long term health of the their unique and pristine environment, communities and businesses. Let’s not forget about the outcome of this commitment – delicious wine that represents their origin – and take a look at New Zealand’s Wine Regions and Varietals.

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New Zealand’s Sustainable Wine Practices

Greystone Vineyards

The New Zealand wine industry leads the way with their sustainable wine practices and standards. The industry is strongly committed to reducing their environmental impact. There are over 500 wine producers with 10% holding full organic or biodynamic certification, and an impressive 98% of vineyard producing areas is Sustainable Winegrowing NZ (SWNZ) certified.

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Want to become a sparkling wine pro?

In our house we don’t need a special occasion to crack open a bottle of sparkling. The big question is what type of sparkling to drink? For this year’s World Champagne Day on Friday 18th October we celebrate all types of sparkling wine. They’re made in a range of styles from red, white or rosé, different flavours and levels of sweetness and have a variety of names.

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Rebel Wine Chats: Dune Wine’s Peter Lloyd

We are huge fans of Dune wines. Honest wines with attitude, intensity, balance; all with fruit from their own healthy vineyards. The Lloyd brothers have been converting their vineyard to organic to restore soil health. They see it as the way of the future but are honest about their concerns. It’s refreshing to have vignerons that are frank and honest about how they make their wines – just one more reason why we support Dune. Continue reading Rebel Wine Chats: Dune Wine’s Peter Lloyd

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Rebel Wine Chat: Freehand’s Matt Eastwell and Danni Paviour-Smith

The Eastwell family purchased the Freehand vineyard in Denmark, WA in 2007 and immediately commenced conversion to organic and biodynamic farming. Led by winemaker Matt Eastwell and joined by Danni Saviour-Smith in 2013, the direction of the brand changed when Matt was introduced to preservative free wine by mentor winemaker Todd Faulkner-Pearce. Today the Freehand brand has a clear of point-of-difference: made with zero sulphur additions.

There is a distinctive energy and balance about these wines. Vibrant colours, intensity of aromas and powerful fruit flavours.

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Warming Winter Whites

It’s cold and raining on a Sunday morning, coffee’s on, the heater is blasting and you have no intention of getting out of your PJs until after midday. Planning the all important dining menu for the day, you decide it’s the perfect day to have a casserole cooking slowing (who’s in a hurry?) allowing those developing aromas to fill the house as you binge-watch a new series.

Now onto the even more important wine accompaniment for your indulgent winters day. Most of us will instinctively reach for a bottle of a warming red but if you have a thirst for loungeroom wine adventures perhaps it’s time to consider some winter white alternatives.

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Organic Wine Terminology Guide

All wine is natural or organic right? Just sunshine, grapes and yeast?  There’s a bit more to it with different farming techniques and winemaking methods. We’ve put together a guide to the terminology we think you need to know for the Organic Wine category. Learn the difference between Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable farming. Find out the difference between certification, in-conversion and practising. Have you heard about about Low Intervention, Vegan-friendly, Preservative Free and Skin Contact wines?

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Rebel Wine Chat: See Saw’s Justin Jarrett

See Saw Vineyard

See Saw Wines owners Justin and Pip Jarrett moved to Orange from Young in 1991, and bought their first block of land. Prior to the move they had wanted to grow grapes, but before committing, they also considered growing apples and protea flowers. The plan was to become fully self-employed and create a product which they could add value to; something they could put on the table, have their name behind and tell you all about it. So, they decided to go ahead with vineyards.

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